World Cup starts Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

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Published 24.07.2018 17:49
Updated 24.07.2018 18:02
Croatia's Luka Modric poses with the FIFA Golden Ball award as France's Kylian Mbappe poses with the FIFA Young Player award. (REUTERS Photo)
Croatia's Luka Modric poses with the FIFA Golden Ball award as France's Kylian Mbappe poses with the FIFA Young Player award. (REUTERS Photo)

World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will challenge the decade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Mbappe, the teenage star of France's World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament's best player, join five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among 10 candidates announced by FIFA on Tuesday.

For the first time, FIFA has opened voting within days of the World Cup, and Ronaldo and Messi both exited in the round of 16.

France also has Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane, who won a third straight Champions League title alongside Modric and Ronaldo with Real Madrid, on the FIFA list.

Belgium has Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard on a shortlist completed by World Cup golden boot winner Harry Kane of England and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

The winners announced in London on Sept. 24 are voted by national coaches and captains, plus media from FIFA's 211 member countries, and fans voting online.

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